Kelly - Meaning of Kelly
[ 2 syll. kel-ly, ke-lly ] The baby girl name Kelly is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced KEHLLiy- †. Kelly is of Celtic origin. It is used mainly in English and Irish. It is derived from the word ceall with the meaning 'church, monastery'. The name is known from the US actress Grace Kelly (1928-1982) who became Princess Grace of Monaco; her fame promoted the popularity of the female name. See Kelly for more information.
Kelly is a widely used name; it has 44 forms. Forms of the name include Kailee, Kayla, Kaylie, Keelea, Keelee, Keeleigh, Keeley, Keelia, Keelie, Keelin, Keely, Keelyn, Keila, Keilah, Kel, Kelda, Keleigh, Kelia, Kelisa, Kelise, Kell, Kella, Kelleen, Kelleigh, Kellen, Kellene, Kellia, Kellina, Kelline, and Kellyanne. Other English forms include the spelling variants Kailey, Keli, Kelie, Kelle, Kellea, Kellee, Kelley, Kelli, Kellie, and Kellye.
Kelly is an all-time favorite. Today it is still rather popular as a baby girl name, but to a lesser degree than it was previously. The name grew in popularity from the 1940s up to the 1970s. At the height of its usage in 1977, 1.109% of baby girls were named Kelly. It was #10 in rank then. The baby name has seen a marked drop in popularity since then. In 2018, it ranked at #618 with a usage of only 0.026%, but it was nevertheless the 3rd most popular after Kylie and Kayla, within all girl names in its family. Kylie was 5 times more widely used than Kelly in 2018. Although Kelly is used more commonly as a baby girl name today, there was a period prior to 1956 that it was more popular with boys. After 1957, increasingly the name became more popular with baby girls than with boys. In 2002, 16 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Kelly.
† Pronunciation for Kelly: K as in "key (K.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Kelly:
Actress Kelly Monaco, born 23 May 1976, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actress Kelly Preston, born Kelly Palzis 13 October 1962, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Model Kelly Brook, born Kelly Anne Parsons 23 November 1979, Rochester, Kent, England.
Model Kelly Hu, born 13 February 1968, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Pop Musician Kelly Clarkson, born 24 April 1982, Burleson, Texas.
Pop Musician Kelly Rowland, born 1990, Houston, Texas.